Premier Daniel Andrews has cancelled the 2022 Victorian State Election citing the COVID19 pandemic, the day after the new permanent pandemic legislation passed parliament.
Andrews invoked the new clause in the legislation, allowing for the indefinite suspension of elections due to ‘public safety.’
“I’d like to stress we are in the deadliest pandemic in history and it’s a tough call, but it’s only a short, sharp suspension of democracy,” Andrews said.
“This should send the point home to the normies that think they were going to ‘vote me out’ and give me another 13 months to destroy the state, thinking that it was going to make a difference anyway.”
Andrews said the suspension may be extended and an amendment for 5-year extensions of pandemic legislation will be introduced.